The Honest review of Doug Limans’ Edge of Tomorrow intends to give the basic information about the film, cast and the plot without spoiling any of your enjoyment of the film. 15 cert, 113 min. Dir Doug Liman; starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson and Bill Paxton.
Cruise on Form
Anybody who may have forgotten that Tom Cruise is actually a very good action movie star should look no further than director Doug Limans’ Edge of Tomorrow, also titled Live Die Repeat in some parts of the world. This movie has turned out to be one of the best action movies of the decade. It is both fun, entertaining and has some nice comic touches and a little bit of romantic chemistry.
The film stars Cruise as Bill Cage, a PR man for the army, Emily Blunt as the poster girl alien killing machine, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and a selection of good supporting actors such as Brendan Gleeson and the late Bill Paxton. The cast give excellent performances and go a long way in making this a thoroughly fun and exciting experience.
The film starts of in the middle of the devastating invasion by aliens who seem to be unstoppable. However, it seems that the tide may be turning after a victory at the battle of Verdun and now a major invasion of Europe is about to take place. This it is hoped will lead to the beginning of the end of the war.
This is where Cruise is introduced although why he is suddenly sent in to battle is never fully explained. There is an inference that he may be a coward, but this is difficult to really sell as Cruise just doesn’t come across as the cowardly type. Never the less, it sets in motion a train of events which propel Cruise to the main hope of human survival.
After the invasion fails disastrously, and Cruise is killed, he wakes up and goes through the entire process all over again. If you are starting to get Groundhog Day flashbacks, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, there are many different movies being offered to us here. Saving Private Ryan, Starship Troopers and a little from the video game doom. But all these elements are well handled by director Doug Liman and he manages to keep the action, tension and the humour just the right side of perfection.
There are a lot of special effects in this movie, but all are realistic and well-constructed and the look of the of the film helps maintains the tension throughout. The viewer feels there is something worth caring about and the correctly spaced jokes help move the narrative at a good pace. There always feels like there’s a genuine threat and this adds tension as the movie heads towards its inevitable climax.
Overall this is one of the best action sci-fi movies ever and really deserves to be ranked a lot higher then it currently is. Cruise is his charming charismatic self although this movie may have been even better if another actor had been cast. Blunt gives another convincing display as the ass kicking machine Vira Vrataski. There are also good turns by Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham, by Noah Taylor as discredited physicist Dr. Carter and by Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farrell. They really help make the movie feel more than just a Tom Cruise vehicle.
Despite receiving much critical praise, the film did not have the box office response many had expected. This was disappointing because this film is substantially better then most sci-fi films of the last 20 years. In fact, comparing it to many successful blockbusters such as the transformer series it was a clever fun and exciting change in the action adventure sci-fi genre.